Severe overweight can lower self-esteem, does seriously impair health and life quality, plus significantly reduces the lifespan of a person. We have brought together the top specialists and solutions of the field to offer our clients the best and most advanced steps towards a healthier, improved quality and longer life.
Bariatric surgery can help prevent or treat a vast range of diseases connected with obesity.
There are a set of requirements to be considered for bariatric surgery. First of all your body mass index (BMI) must be over 29 to be considered for the gastric balloon; and 30 or higher, with other serious health conditions taken into account that are associated with obesity, for the gastric band, gastric plication, gastric sleeve and gastric bypass.
BMI is calculated by dividing an individual’s body weight in kilograms with the individual’s height squared in meters.
It is still recommended that all patients try to lose weight before the operation using conservative methods such as monitoring weight, physical exercise etc. Surgery is used when the above methods have failed to produce the expected results.
Bariatric surgery is only effective if you make the changes necessary in terms of your lifestyle and eating habits to ensure that the weight stays off. So it is very important that you are serious about it and understand the implications of having surgery. Our team of specialists will be there for you all the way during every step of the process.
Dr. Rein Adamson is among the first surgeons who started performing bariatric surgeries in Estonia in 2004. It started when he organised a bariatric surgery specialist from abroad to come to Estonia and perform the very first bariatric operation in the country with Dr. Adamson himself assisting that doctor. Dr. Adamson has been a part of The Health Clinic’s team since the very first days.
In addition to bariatric surgery, Dr. Adamson is one of the most experienced Post-Bariatric Surgeons in Estonia. Loose and excessive skin in the stomach, upper arms and thighs’ area, that is formed due to vast weight-loss is tightened with post-bariatric surgery.
In addition, bariatric surgeries at The Health Clinic are performed by dr. Martin Adamson, who together with his father, dr. Rein Adamson, has carried out bariatric surgeries since 2011. Today dr. Martin Adamson has achieved a profound knowledge on the field of bariatric surgery, he is a versatile specialist, specializing in weight loss surgery and reconstructions of the abdominal wall, oriented towards safe surgery and achieving the best functional and aesthetic results.
Clinical nutritional therapists Anni Laas and Maarja Lember advise and monitor our patients with all bariatric procedures. They make sure the patient receives long-term and in-depth support on their weight loss journey regarding nutrition, exercise and lifestyle changes. Anni and Maarja are the only certified clinical nutrition therapists in Estonia with extensive experience on providing nutritional counsel to overweight patients.
Their constant development and cooperation with other specialists in the field make them one of the most qualified specialists available to advise people undergoing bariatric surgery
Anni and Maarja consult our patients face-to-face at the hospital after surgery and regularly via e-mail for a whole year if needed. There is no time limit for how long our patients can consult with our therapists, but in practice some patients need aftercare instructions for up to 5 years.
After bariatric surgery it is expected to feel a little insecure about the future since a different lifestyle lies ahead. We want our patients to feel reassured and supported also when they have left from under our care at the hospital and are back home adjusting to their new lives. Therefore we have a Specialist Bariatric Nurse Judith Jobling in the United Kingdom calling our patients regularly in the first month after surgery to monitor their recovery. Judith gives professional support and advice to each patient and since she has had bariatric surgery herself, she can be of true help and counsel.
She is also a Laparoscopic Gastric Band Adjuster so all our gastric band patients can have their band fitted in a network of clinics all over the United Kingdom where Judith has her appointments. Regular band adjustments are vital to the success of the band. She guides each patient in a friendly way to achieve each person’s weight loss target whilst maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
Health Clinics’ team also includes the unique competence of a Dietitian and Physical Activity Consultant, Erik Orgu, who has developed a menu specially for people having undergone bariatric surgery which sets out the appropriate serving sizes (ca 200 ml), the correct ratio of nutrients and of course delicious recipes. Every patient gets a nutrition guide for 3 stages after surgery and it also includes 30 recipes.
Health Clinic has performed bariatric surgery since 2009 and our experience shows that the biggest concern for patients after the operation is everything related with nutrition. Patients understand the correct ratio of nutrients but find it troublesome turning this into a tasty meal. This problem has now been overcome by the recipes of Erik Orgu who is also a Certified Chef.
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